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Linda Kukuk - Choctaw

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Linda Kukuk       Choctaw                                                         www.lindakukuk.com         
Linda Kukuk is a life-time resident of the Oklahoma City area, and an award-winning self-taught artist. Although she does some traditional watercolor, she is mainly known as a scratchboard artist specializing in realistic pictures of wildlife, pet portraits, Native Americans, and portraits. A Signature Level member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), rather than always doing scratchboard art in the “traditional” sense, she enjoys experimenting by starting with white clayboard, adding either watercolor, acrylic ink, India ink (or a combination of these) and then doing scratchwork on the surface she has prepared.  Her extensive travels throughout Africa, Europe, Russia, and the South Pacific has given her a myriad of interesting subjects to paint and draw. She loves painting almost any subject and, being a Choctaw Indian, definitely enjoys painting Native American & American wildlife subjects. She also enjoys using white clay-coated board (textured & smooth) for watercolor.  Since scratchboard art is very exacting and tedious, she also enjoys relaxing by painting very loose colorful abstracts using watercolor on wet smooth clayboard.   The Choctaw Nation recently purchased over 20 of her works to decorate their clinics in Durant and Talihina and commissioned two more for their new Headquarters building.  Linda recently finished using watercolor to illustrate a children’s picture book, for Disney, on the life of Chief Wilma Mankiller.  This book, “Wilma’s Way Home” was released in early 2019. The book has since been included on the 2019 New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids list, was nominated for the Ezra Jack Keats 2020 Award, was selected for inclusion in the 2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People and recipient of the Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection award.  She says that even though she embarks on various creative side roads in her artistic travels, she never strays very far from scratchboard art.  It never ceases to challenge!  

2608 SW 121st CT, Oklahoma City, OK 73170

405-833-3800 – lindakukuk@cox.net